How to Apply/Qualify

The California Jazz Foundation is here to help. If you are a California jazz musician in need of assistance, and meet the criteria listed below, please contact our social worker at 818-400-3263 or email

To request a Financial Assistance Application or an Emergency Medical Referral, applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Show at least 5 years of primary employment as a jazz artist

  • California residency


Applicant must include the following when submitting the application:

  • Copies of bills for which assistance is being requested

  • A resume or discography

  • Complete copies of your three most recent bank statements and investment account statements

  • Current income verification of all household members, from all sources


Once the application is received by CJF, applicant will be contacted by our social worker. Except in an emergency or crisis, please allow one to two weeks for processing.

When financial assistance is provided by CJF, it is charitable in nature and, therefore, before seeking such assistance, an applicant is encouraged to investigate all other possible sources of public aid. All approved assistance is paid directly to a creditor/third party. At its sole discretion, CJF reserves the right to deny or approve financial assistance.

Request a Medical Referral

The California Jazz Foundation has an extensive referral network of medical professionals who provide assistance pro bono or on a sliding fee scale. These practitioners are available to assist qualified applicants in the following areas:

  • Acupuncture

  • Audiology

  • Cardiology

  • Chiropractic

  • Dental

  • Dermatology

  • Imaging

  • Internal Medicine

  • Laboratories

  • Neurology

  • Nursing

  • Ophthalmology

  • Optometry

  • Orthopedics

  • Podiatry

  • Psychology

  • Urology

  • Wellness Counseling

For an application:

If you are a California jazz musician in need of a medical referral, and meet the criteria listed above, please contact our social worker.


"I want to thank you for the support CJF has given me through this dark period of my life. Your support shined a light on my recovery which I will not forget."

"The California Jazz Foundation quickly and generously came to our aid when we needed help.  The Foundation, providing assistance for jazz musicians facing unexpected circumstances, is a true blessing.  Thank You!"

"By some miracle, I was put in touch with the California Jazz Foundation, and they generously sprang to my rescue… They have enabled many of us to go on, doing what we believe in and spreading music that brings joy to millions!"

Jazz Vocalist
“Thank you so much, California Jazz Foundation, for your help in my time of need.  This has been a very trying period for me on many fronts.  It is a comfort to know when all of my efforts fail I can call on you.  I don’t take this lightly and I will never abuse this resource.  May GOD Bless You.”

Jazz Vocalist
"My heartfelt thanks are simply not enough. The California Jazz Foundation quite literally kept me going as I recovered from cancer. These angels of music helped me with their gracious generosity. I am forever in their debt and will do whatever I can to give back to the next musician who is in need."